LOS ANGELES, Oct 19, 2009 / FW/ — Staying true to its moniker, Costume Dept pays homage to 1990s Hollywood Boulevard and “Pretty Woman” on the pre-make over ‘Vivian Ward’, the character played by Julia Roberts.
Costume dept. translates the urban fairytale into body-hugging silhouettes in a street meets chic elegance with luxuriously considered details including over-sized silk organza bows, ruffles, gold buttons, and Swarovski crystals. The collection also includes body-con tops and bottoms with strategically placed cut-outs which themselves become graphic elements.
Leggings have an added panache this season with gold button details, cut-outs, and one pair of leggings with an attached peplum skirt.
Fabrics include solid and mesh Lycra mixes, an animal print, and stretch laces. There are also various sequin-accented fabrics in a floral, gold foil, fuchsia, and black.
For this season the designers introduce a costume dept. capsule collection of women’s pieces available for custom order. Such pieces include a 5-tiered gold-sequined ruffle skirt, a gold -sequined plunging neckline mini dress, a black mesh body suit with strategically placed cascades of Swarovski crystals, and a chic sheer silk organza bow skirt.
Unisex biker shorts are introduced for Spring/Summer as a compliment to the leggings which have quickly been a costume dept. “classic.”
A diverse mix of celebrities have worn costume dept. in the young brand’s brief history including Blake Lively, Fergie, Irina Lazereanu, Juliette Lewis, and Lady Gaga.